IOWA CITY — Eric May is the oldest Hawkeye, born in 1990 and age 22. He was two when Chris Street was killed in an automobile accident on Jan. 19, 1993.
The University of Iowa is honoring Street’s memory at halftime of Saturday’s game against Wisconsin. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery on Tuesday had the Hawkeyes watch the Street video that has been shown in the Iowa Hall of Fame.
There is a Street plaque outside of Iowa’s lockerroom in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Every year since 1993, Iowa has given out the “Chris Street Award,” which goes to the Hawkeye “who best exemplifies the spirit, enthusiasm and intensity of Chris Street.” Matt Gatens won the award last season.
Iowa players knew about Street. McCaffery wanted to give his story more dimension for his team going into Saturday night’s game.
“We brought that over and showed that to them so they could hear people talk about him, they could see footage of him, and they could try to get a feel for what it was like when everyone found out [about the accident],” McCaffery said. “. . . I think when that meeting ended yesterday, they had a pretty good feeling of what he meant to this program and how he’s still very much a part of the family.
“They walk by the memorial right in front of our locker room, and you wonder how much do they think about that. They see it every day, so they knew who he was, they knew what he meant, they’ve read that. But I think they have a much better feeling now.”
May said the video did exactly that.
“We didn’t know the whole story,” the senior forward said. “To see how many lives he affected and how he did it, it was special for us to watch. It was his dream just like mine to play at Iowa, seeing how he worked for it, it was his dream come true. I think a lot of Iowa guys can relate to that.
“It’s hard not to be moved. It’s such a powerful story.”
Marble doing better
Devyn Marble, Iowa’s leading scorer at 15.0 points a game, suffered an ankle injury last week and sat out the Michigan State game on Jan. 10. He returned and had eight points and five assists in Iowa’s 20-point victory at Northwestern on Sunday and said Tuesday that all is well with his health.
“My ankle’s fine. Just got a little sprain on my foot,” Marble said. “It’s not really my ankle that’s bothering me. I’m good though.”
Marble went a week between games. He said that helped.
“I really don’t like weeks off but right now for the situation and the circumstances right now it is (good) for me,” he said. “I’m definitely going to use that to my advantage.”
Wisconsin game sold out
Iowa announced Tuesday that the Wisconsin game (7 p.m. Saturday on the Big Ten Network) is a sellout at 15,400.
It’s Iowa’s second sellout this season and fourth in the last two seasons at Carver-Hawkeye.
“There will be between 60 and 80 members of the Street family at the game,” McCaffery said. “I think anybody that was from that era will remember him, and the fact that we’re celebrating his life moreso than remembering his death, I think that’s the critical thing, and I think that’s what the Street family wants us to do, and I think what our guys will do is we’ll try to play the game the way he played it.”